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Bloomberg looks at the logistical challenges confronting Republicans in their efforts to retain the seats of resigned Reps. Mark Foley and Tom DeLay.  What the article doesn't say is that both districts are Republican-leaning, so if the party loses these seats next month, then presumably they could win them back next cycle. 

Leading with House Appropriations chair Jerry Lewis, the Wall Street Journal examines how it has become routine for "House members to accept meals from private interests on official government trips abroad," even though it's against House rules. 

More ethics drip-drip on Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who's up for re-election this year: The Chicago Tribune reports that Blagojevich's wife "earned more than $113,000 in real estate commissions this year through a woman who holds a longstanding, no-bid state contract and whose banker husband has business pending before state regulators." 

Former top White House procurement official David Safavian, who was convicted in June of lying to investigators about his dealings with Jack Abramoff, will be sentenced today in federal court.  NBC's Joel Seidman reports that prosecutors are seeking a three-year prison term in Safavian's case, the first guilty verdict by a jury in the influence-peddling probe surrounding Abramoff.